It can be nerve-racking moving to a new sixth form or college. There’ll be a lot of new faces and the way you study will be a little different to how it was at GCSE level. We’ve got a few tips to help you make the transition go as smoothly as possible.
Everyone is in the same boat as you
The trick is to remember that it’s new for everybody! It may seem like some people are barely fazed by the step up to a new college but they won’t be any wiser than you when it comes to knowing where the classrooms are, where to go for lunch, or how to get their ID card.
Don’t be afraid to ask people for advice or help, they’ll be relieved to know there’s someone else who isn’t sure about what to do. Not to mention it’s a good way of meeting new people.
Sign up to stuff and get involved
Colleges offer a new range of exciting activities and events to get involved with. What could be a better way of meeting new people than joining a club or sports team with people who share the same interests as you?
You’ll be thrown into a situation where you’ll have to interact, so you’re sure to make friends along the way. Taking part in new or old activites is a great way to make sure your time at college is as fulfilling and fun as possible. And they look great on university applications!
Get to know your tutors
The learning environment in college is a little different to GSCE’s. Similar to how it will be at university, you’ll have a lot more face time with your tutors and your relationship will be more open and helpful.
It’s a great idea to get to know them early so that you’ll feel confident in going to ask them for help or just popping in for a chat about college life.
Your tutors are there for life advice as much as they are your studies, and they'll be an invaluable asset to your college life. One-on-one time often being the difference between grades.
Also, you'll be seeing a lot of them, so make friends!
Go to class!
This one may seem a little obvious but it really does help! Getting to every class is the easiest way of making sure you don’t fall behind and get snowed under with work.
Let’s not forget that the workload will be a little more intense and you will need to put in that extra bit of time and effort. Plus, if you’re always having to catch up with work you’ll struggle to get to all the events and activities that colleges will offer you.
It's understandable to feel a few nerves before starting something new, but the more you put in to life at college the more you'll get out of it.
Check out our advice on taking the step up from GCSE's to A levels.